COVID-19 Vaccine

COVID-19 and its variants continue to impact communities across our country and the world. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all Americans 12 and older, with few exceptions, be vaccinated against the virus. Read the CDC's latest guidance.

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Latest Information on COVID-19 Precautions

The safety of our patients and staff has always been and remains our top priority. Since the beginning of the pandemic we have implemented extraordinary measures and additional protocols, including mandatory masking in our facilities, to help ensure a safe and clean environment for our patients, physicians, staff and community. We continue to actively monitor and respond to all recommendations made by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) and the Aiken County Health Department.

Thank you for entrusting your care to us. When you or your loved ones need services, know that we are here … safe, trusted and ready to deliver a superior healthcare experience.

Emergency Department – Do Not Delay in Seeking Critical Care

Our Emergency Department (ED) is staffed 24/7 to serve those with emergency medical conditions. Individuals experiencing serious injuries or medical symptoms such as chest pain, numbness, difficulty breathing or mental confusion should call 911 or go to the nearest emergency department. It could save your life.

Our rooms are private and we have an additional layer of protection with the utilization of UV light technology that kills germs once a room is unoccupied. Curtains and doors are kept closed and patients are separated based on symptoms.

Individuals Experiencing COVID-19 Symptoms

If you develop a fever or cough or have difficulty breathing, or have had close contact with someone who has had a confirmed positive COVID-19 test result, please seek medical attention by calling your provider’s office.

If you need help deciding if you should seek medical care, access the CDC Coronavirus Self-Checker on the CDC COVID-19 Symptoms page by clicking on the Coronavirus Self-Checker button at the top of the page.

Telehealth

For your convenience and safety, virtual visits via Telehealth technology are available to address many non-emergency health concerns. Virtual visits allow you to speak with a healthcare provider using a phone, tablet or computer from the comfort of your own home.

Elective Procedures

Our surgery teams are working with physician offices to accommodate the scheduling of surgeries and procedures that were postponed due to COVID-19 or that may have recently become a health priority. If you are scheduled for a procedure, please confirm with your doctor that it remains on schedule.

LIMITED VISITATION — Be an Advocate for Your Loved One’s Care

As local COVID-19 cases continue to increase, starting Thursday, August 12, Aiken Regional Medical Centers will restrict visitation for the safety of patients, employees, medical staff and the community. Visitation at all Aiken Regional facilities, both inpatient and outpatient settings, will be restricted.

We appreciate the community’s understanding as we work to ensure our facility remains safe for patient care. As you can appreciate, we need to carefully enforce our visitation policy for the benefit and safety of all. Thank you for being respectful of our visitation policy and our need to limit our visitor population in order to keep everyone safe.

The following is in effect as of Thursday, August 12, 2021:

*Please note: We reserve the right to decline a visitor and our visitation policy may be subject to change without notice to ensure the safety of patients and staff.

  • Of the limited visitors, individuals must be at least 18 years of age. An exception may be made if a patient is at the end of life.
  • Everyone is required to wear a mask while in our facilities, even if you have received the COVID-19 vaccine. Face coverings should be properly worn, covering the nose and mouth while in the facility. As a reminder, neck huggers/gaiters and bandanas are not approved coverings.
  • Patients who have tested positive for COVID-19, or who are pending COVID-19 test results, are not allowed visitors.
  • To ensure social distancing and limit potential exposures, visitors are limited to the patient’s room and are not to gather in hallways or visit the cafeteria.
  • Emergency Department (ED): No visitors are permitted.
  • Inpatient areas: No visitors are permitted.
  • Labor & Delivery/Postpartum: New mothers are permitted one adult visitor (deemed a support person) who is permitted to stay overnight. Visitors are not permitted for diagnostic testing.
  • Patients with physical, intellectual and/or developmental disabilities and patients with cognitive impairments can be accompanied by one adult visitor who is permitted to stay overnight.
  • Intensive Care Unit (ICU): No visitors are permitted.
  • Progressive Care Unit (PCU): No visitors are permitted.
  • A patient at the end of life is permitted two visitors and a clergyman. An exception may be made on a case-by-case basis.
  • Pediatric patients can be accompanied by one adult/guardian throughout the entire treatment; siblings are not permitted.
  • Outpatient Testing/Surgery: No visitors are permitted.
  • Behavioral Health: No visitors are permitted.
  • As an additional precaution, upon entering the facility all associates, medical staff, EMS, guests and vendors must self-screen for COVID-19 and should let the facility know if you are unable to attest to any of the following screening questions:
    • I have not experienced any of the following COVID-19 symptoms within the last 24-hours:
      • Cough
      • Sore throat
      • Headache
      • Muscle or body aches
      • Abnormal fatigue
      • Congestion or runny nose
      • Shortness of breath
      • Nausea
      • Diarrhea
      • New loss of taste or smell
    • I am not experiencing any flu-like symptoms.
    • I am free from fever (>100°F) or chills within the last 48-hours.
    • I have not had contact within six feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes over a 24-hour period starting two days prior to symptom onset or positive specimen collection.
    • I have not traveled out of the country within the last 14 days (including cruise ships).
    • I will sanitize my hands upon entry into the facility, re-sanitizing as appropriate and necessary.
    • Per CDC guidelines, I will mask appropriately and in accordance to facility policy.

Thank you for your cooperation and for being an advocate for the health and care of your loved ones and all hospitalized patients.

Prevention

If you have not yet been vaccinated, the CDC recommends individuals follow these everyday preventive measures.

  • Wear a mask. If you are not fully vaccinated and aged 2 or older, you should wear a mask in indoor public places.
  • Stay six feet away from others.
  • Get vaccinated. Authorized COVID-19 vaccines can help protect you from COVID-19.
  • Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated spaces.
  • Wash your hands often.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes.
  • Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces.
  • Monitor your daily health and watch for symptoms.

How to Properly Select and Wear a Mask

The CDC has specific guidelines on how to select the proper mask for you and how to wear it safely.

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